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The Greatest Denver Bronco Team: Defensive End

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The MHR All-Broncos team has an offense finished!


Quarterback: John Elway

Backup: Jake Plummer

Running Back: Terrell Davis

Wide Receivers (3): Rod Smith, Lionel Taylor, Ed McCaffrey

Offensive Linemen (5): Tom Nalen, Gary Zimmerman, Mark Schlereth, Ryan Clady and Matt Lepsis

Tight Ends - Shannon Sharpe & Riley Odoms

Time to start the defense. We will start from the front. Who were the Broncos two best defensive ends?

ELVIS DUMERVIL - 2006-Present

Dumervil was drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round in 2006 NFL Draft. He has played in 75 games. So far he has recorded 52.5 sacks. He was voted to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in 2009. As a rookie, he saw very little playing time but time increased as he got 8.5 sacks. In 2007 he led the team with 12.5 sacks. After an off year in 2008, 2009 he led the NFL in sacks with 17. He signed a contract extension in July of 2010 but tore his pectoral muscle and missed the season. In 2011 he came back and recorded 9.5 sacks.

RULON JONES - 1980-1988

Rulon Jones was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2nd round of the 1980 Draft. He spent his entire 9 year career for Denver. He started 99 of 129 games primarily at the right defensive end position, recording 52.5 official sacks. Sacks were not an official stat in 1980 and 1981. Otherwise he had 72.5 career sacks.


Alfred Williams was drafted 18th overall by the Bengals in 1991. He spent 4 years with the Bengals and 1 season with the 49s before coming to Denver in 1996. He played university for Colorado. 1996 was a career year for him as he had 56 tackles, 13 sacks and 3 forced fumbles starting every game. He made the All-Pro first team as a defensive end. Williams was a part of the two Super Bowl victories. After four years as a Bronco, he retired. He is currently a sports talk show host on 104.3 The Fan. He was named to the Broncos 50th Annivrersary team on the 2nd-Team defense.

RICH JACKSON - 1966-1972

Jackson went undrafted out of Southern University signing with the Oakland Raiders in 1966. He joined the Broncos in 1967 and played through the league merger in 1971 splutting the 1972 season between Denver and Cleveland. He started 52 of 67 games in 5.5 years. Nicknamed "Tombstone" Jackson was famous for the "head slap" and the "halo spinner" which he used to get by offensive lineman. Lyle Alzado called Rich the toughest man he'd ever met and told a story of Jackson breaking the helmet of Packer Offensive Tackle Bill Hayhoe with a head slap. His career was cut short in 1970 due to a knee injury but he finished his career with 43 sacks. He had 10 sacks in 1968, 11 in 1969 making the ALL-NFL team. 1970 was another 10 sack season.

BARNEY CHAVOUS - 1973-1985

Chavous was drafted by the Broncos in the 2nd round of the 19973 Draft. He played his entire 13 year career with Denver. Barney was the anchor at left defensive end and started 178 of 183 games. Chavous recovered 8 fumbles, returned a touchdown and recorded a safety as a member of the Orange Crush defense. He played in one Super Bowl in 1977. A few years after retiring, Barney became the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach in 1989 and coached with Denver until 1999 earning two rings.

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